Regarding “Napa Valley: Frustrated with Government Resources, Vinters and Residents Unite to Protect Property” (Front Page, August 8): Although global warming is playing a role in the multitude of wildfires in our country. condition, much in the short term can be done to decrease them. Six thousand firefighters are not enough to control these fires as they continue to burn precious trees. Esther Mobley reported that some private winemakers are trying to start their own fire fighting companies because government support is so insufficient. Using the State National Guard, military and other aspects of our armed forces would help contain these fires and ease the cancellation burden on existing overwhelmed firefighters.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle knew these disasters were coming this year, and had time to prepare for them. The troops returning from Afghanistan are among those that could be used. The large number of planes and helicopters available to the Air Force should have been equipped with forest fire fighting capabilities. It would be useful to clear some trees and replace them with other foliage such as vegetables. In Mobley’s story it is reported that the Napa vineyards slowed down the fires. The solutions are not that complicated. The question is: does the social order have the will to implement them?